Year’s first cyclone likely to hit the Western Coast this weekend, Gujarat issues warnings

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Published by Tapasya Iyer on 13 May 2021

The meteorological department has predicted a formation of a cyclone storm in the east-central Arabian sea likely to hit the shores in the upcoming days. The officials have predicted that the cyclone named ‘Tauktae’ by Myanmar, is likely to impact the regions of Gujarat and Laskhadweep. If the formation actually happens, this will be the very first cyclone of 2021.

The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall and storm by May 15-16 especially in the low-lying areas of Lakshadweep island. The formation will start from May 15 and intensify on late hours of May 16. It will move North and  Northwestward across the South-East Arabian Sea. It might also hit the regions of Kutch, Saurashtra and South Pakistan.

Areas like Lakshadweep, the coast of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra may also be affected by the cyclone.

Gujarat Chief minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday held a meeting with officials of coastal districts in the state issuing orders to remain alert and take precautionary safety measures. “In view of the possible cyclonic storm, which would be called Cyclone Tauktae, the chief minister gave necessary instructions to the officials,” said Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Minister of State for Home. Apart from that, fishermen in the coastal areas of Lakshadweep and other regions have been issued warnings.

The IMD will provide a clear picture of the cyclone formation and its affects in the next few days.

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